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Ford Explorer Sets New Standard for SUV Fuel Efficiency

Ford’s hot-selling Explorer is now the most fuel-efficient seven-passenger SUV on the market, delivering an EPA-certified 28 mpg on the highway with an all-new 2.0-liter EcoBoost

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Ford Creates Studio For Homegrown Innovations

Ford and do-it-yourself (DIY) enterprise TechShop , have teamed up to create TechShop Detroit, a studio giving everyday inventors, from backyard tinkerers to tech-savvy engineers, a place to turn their dreams into reality. Teams from Ford and TechShop first met up in spring 2010 at the largest DIY showcase, Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif. That single event helped ignite the idea for TechShop Detroit.  With its proximity to the Ford engineering campus, nearby universities and the downtown area, the studio will serve as a hub of ideas where everyday inventors, industry insiders, universities and research labs can display and even license their automotive innovations and other ideas. “We are excited to see what started as a simple idea and conversation between Ford and TechShop take physical form so quickly,” said Bill Coughlin, president and CEO of Ford Global Technologies, the domestic auto industry’s only internal intellectual property management and licensing group. “We want this space to inspire all inventive individuals and communities in and around Detroit to innovate and create.” With more than $1 million invested in high-tech equipment alone, TechShop Detroit is a place where inventors can make their ideas a reality. The facility features everything from top-quality prototyping tools and industrial-grade sewing and textile equipment to laser cutting, welding and machine shop-type gear. “This showroom idea can be considered TechShop ‘Plus,’” said Coughlin. “It will be an open meeting place that will enable inventors to showcase what they create in TechShop and then negotiate, network and even sell their idea to players in the automotive industry, from manufacturers and suppliers to research institutions and startups.” Ford’s investment in this unique facility is aimed at fostering innovation to automotive outsiders, as well as sparking the next big thing in automotive tech. The Blue Oval has already partnered with many non-automotive technology leaders, such as Google and slew of individual app developers to support automotive tech. With TechShop Detroit, Ford will continue to help bring to market the next must-have technologies.

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Azure Dynamics To Begin Integrating Plug-In Hybrid Technology in Ford F-Series Super-Duty Trucks

Azure Dynamics Corporation (TSX: AZD)(OTC: AZDDF) (“Azure” or the “Company”), a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, today announced an agreement with Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) whereby Azure will integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid (“PHEV”) technology into the market leading Ford F-Series Super Duty product line.

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2012 Ford Explorer 2.0-Liter EcoBoost To Get 28 MPG

The all-new Ford Explorer has been a tremendous success, as it’s a far cry from the model it replaces. The hot-selling new model also boasts ample power and class-leading efficiency thanks to its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine. However, the latest Explorer will set a new standard for SUV fuel efficiency with the launch of the all-new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine , the first application of this advanced engine in North America. The EcoBoost will the help the Explorer deliver a class-leading EPA rating of 28 mpg on the highway, besting the Honda Pilot by more than 20 percent and the Toyota Highlander by 12 percent. In the city, the Explorer is rated at 20 miles per gallon. Best of all, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost provides fuel efficiency without sacrificing power, as it provides 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. This balance of responsive power and efficiency is attributed to a number of technologies such as gasoline injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), and a unique 6F35 six-speed automatic transmission developed to reduce friction and increase efficiency. “Today’s SUV buyers place a high priority on miles per gallon, so Explorer has expanded its portfolio of fuel-efficient engines with an all-new EcoBoost offering,” said Amy Marentic, Ford group marketing manager. “SUV buyers deserve efficiency with their capability, so Explorer now offers best-in-class V6 and four-cylinder fuel efficiency.”

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J.D. Power: Ford’s Quality Vehicles Earn High APEAL Rankings from Customers for Fuel Efficiency

Customers increasingly are demanding top fuel efficiency, and they are rating Ford highly for delivering, according to the J.D. Power 2011 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study released today.

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Ford: Fusion Hybrid May Be The Highest Quality Hybrid

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is America’s most fuel-efficient sedan and it may be among the highest-quality hybrids available. According to Ford, Fusion Hybrid customers are the most satisfied hybrid owners. Ford’s hybrid taxi fleet has logged more than 80 million miles in California alone during the past decade — which is far greater than the number of miles logged by the Toyota Prius, according to Ford. Yet only a few issues have ever been documented among these high-mileage, extreme-usage hybrid taxis. Their performance is quite simply a testament to the model’s quality and reliability. “Ford’s battery technology is so strong, the odds of experiencing an issue with one of our hybrid battery cells is around 8.5 million to 1 – about the same odds as a person being struck by lightning twice,” said Chuck Gray, chief engineer, Global Core Engineering, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. “Ford understands that for new technology, reliability can be a concern for customers, so we work extra hard to deliver a trouble-free product.” Not only are taxi fleets enjoying the Fusion hybrid’s reliability, but so are average consumers. The Fusion Hybrid is delivering a 75 percent conquest rate, bringing more new buyers to the brand than any other Ford vehicle. As Ford brings new electrified vehicles into the lineup, consumers can rest assured that the Blue Oval’s batteries — which Ford has been developing and testing since the 1980s — will continue to deliver durability and longevity. “Our customers have put hundreds of millions of miles on our hybrids with virtually no powertrain issues, which is a testament to the quality of our batteries,” Gray said. “We have checked the battery life simulations with test data and with real-world customer vehicle data, and now we’re applying that knowledge to make the customer experience in our future products even better.”

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Ford Gears Up For New Hybrid Transmission, Eight-Speed Automatic

Already offering an industry-leading range of fuel-efficient powertrains, Ford is ready to up the ante even further with two new cutting-edge transmissions. First, Ford will continue to support its efforts to launch five electrified vehicles in this country by the end of 2012 with the introduction of a new hybrid transmission that offers a double shot of good news: Not only was this new transmission designed entirely in-house by the automaker, but it also will be built at Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant, located in the metro Detroit area. (The current hybrid transmission used in the Ford Fusion , Ford Escape and Lincoln MKZ hybrids is a product sourced from Japan.) Ford’s proprietary hybrid transmission also is expected to increase performance over today’s model, which can power the Fusion hybrid to speeds of up to 47 mph using electricity only and deliver up to one mile of all-electric driving. “It’s absolutely essential for Ford to further develop its core competencies in engineering electrified powertrains,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “With this new Ford-built hybrid transmission, and the assembly of battery packs at our Rawsonville plant [in Ypsilanti, Mich.], Ford will be well positioned to meet the quality and performance requirements of future electric and hybrid vehicles.” In addition, Ford is out to retain its leadership role in traditional transmission engineering as well, even though the company’s other new product is hardly traditional. The advanced eight-speed automatic transmission will introduce new technologies like: Ford’s next-generation clutch controls An input torque sensor that can measure the torque coming into the transmission to assure faster, smoother gear selection Built-in actuators for tighter, more precise control of hydraulic pressure Closed-loop controls for more accurate shifting Further details on both transmissions will be announced at a later date, but it’s already clear that each will provide even more reasons for drivers to shift their allegiance to Ford’s high-quality, high-efficiency lineup of vehicles.

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Ford Moves To Maximize Production Of Electrified C-MAX Vehicles

To help support the U.S. launch of its new C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi , two of the five electrified vehicles that Ford plans to have on sale for American customers by the end of next year, the company has recently announced that it would triple its production capacity for electrified vehicles through 2013. Not only will this allow Ford to build up to 100,000 of these vehicles each year, but it also will bring 220 new green-tech jobs to Michigan, where the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi—and their hybrid transmissions and battery packs—will be manufactured. The C-MAX, already a hit in Europe, will offer a versatile and roomy interior, a dynamic driving experience, and a sophisticated Euro-style exterior, all wrapped around a choice of high-efficiency powertrains. The C-MAX Hybrid is expected to deliver even better gas mileage than the current Ford Fusion Hybrid (the most fuel-efficient sedan in America), while the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is being designed to recharge faster than the Chevy Volt yet also provide a longer overall driving range than any plug-in hybrid or extended-range electric vehicle now on the market. Ford also already offers the Transit Connect Electric for commercial customers, and will begin selling an all-electric version of the all-new Focus later this year. Then, after the debut of the C-MAX family, Ford will introduce another next-gen hybrid for U.S. buyers, with all vehicles slated to be on the road before the end of 2012. “Customers have come to expect fuel efficiency with every new vehicle Ford delivers today, and now we are further differentiating our electrified vehicle lineup with something else people truly value—choice,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s group vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service. “Whether people want a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or full battery electric vehicle, we have a family of vehicles for them to consider, providing a range of options to best meet their needs and support their driving habits and lifestyles.”

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New York City Approves Ford Transit Connect Taxi for Use; Versatile Cabs to Start Hitting Streets in Late Summer

New York City officials named Ford Transit Connect a taxi of today this morning, green-lighting the nimble, fuel-efficient vehicle for use in the Big Apple.

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Ford Fusion Hybrid Logs Impressive Quality Record to Help Achieve Highest Hybrid Customer Satisfaction

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is America’s most fuel-efficient sedan and may be the highest-quality hybrid based on hundreds of millions of worry-free miles its owners have traveled.

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